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    (Tug Boat) VALIANT
    This tug was built by a modeler in Bristol during the early 1960's it was given to me at the Abergavenny Steam and vintage show in 2016 by the makers grandson who told me it had been on display in his mums house from 1970 when his grandad died till 1987 when she died then put in his parents attic till it was given to me. it had a couple of holes in the hull and the upper works had been broken so required fixing. not having any pictures I used all the original bits that came with it so I hope it looks as it should. it's made mostly from balsa with some wooden bits and replacement planking from coffee stirrers otherwise all original. it requires 2 x 12v 7ah lead acid batteries and about 5 kilograms of ballast. (Silver Sand in 500grm packs). On the only test run I've managed to tow a 16 foot fishing boat with three men on my local fishing lake. (Motor: 540) (ESC: MTroniks Viper marine) (8/10)
    (Tug Boat) Emanuel
    Built in 1954 by my Grandad. Construction is Bread and Butter in Balsa originally a free sail model but now converted to RC. 27mhz.was given to me on my 5th birthday. Not sailed for over 25 years, but now happy sailing for short runs as prop shaft leaks slightly. (ESC: Mtronics Viper Marine 20amp) (8/10)
    (Other) project X
    Given as project, no known details of origins as yet. (Motor: Ripmax) (ESC: Viper Marine) (5/10)
    (Working Vessel) Rust Bucket
    This is my latest restoration project. its built completely of metal and is in a terrible condition although the hull seems to be water tight. The motor and prop-shaft and prop is listed in a BASSETT LOWKE catalogue dating from 1936, so the boat age is unknown but my guess would be late 30's to 1950. All guesses acknowledged. (Motor: BASSETT LOWKE) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) FAIREY HUNTSMAN (KATHY'S CLOWN)
    Just rescued from ebay seller who had it in storage since he inherited it in 1976, it was Fairey Huntsman, scratch built sometime in early 60's by his father who used to sail it near Manchester. its fitted with a SANWA 2F-2M RC system which seems to be still functioning. I will be doing restoration over the next few months, as there are a few cracks showing along most of the seems and I will need to sand and seal and repaint. (Motor: Marx) (ESC: Speed King) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) sea scout
    This boat was one of my dads from the late 1950's. It's an aerokits sea scout. Now fitted with a MabuchI motor of unknown power, but undergoing test running with 6 Volts, seem more than adequate, Belt drive to propshaft. (Motor: Mabuchi) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) MV Caroline
    This model is a scratch built 1/15th scale model of an Ocean going pleasure craft built in 1964 by my late father. it was originally powered by a large bosch windscreen wiper motor, but has been replaced with an MFA RE 800 stock motor running from 12V sla battery. Dry weight 13.2 Kilos. Last sailed in 1992 on open sea at Aberystwyth, I was on my dads fishing boat watching as dad sailed her the full length of the south beach and back into the harbour. Now ready to relaunch on Saturday 10th June 2017 at WMBC open day. (Motor: MFA . RE800) (ESC: Fusion Aquapower AQP128) (9/10)
    (Fire Boat) Mk2 firefloat 93
    This boat was originally built with my dad's help (mostly him), in about 1959/60 my first powered model and originally had a small diesel engine (E.D.I Think.)And no radio gear. But now fitted with electric motor and radio gear with working monitors and lights.hope to finish restoration in time for spring launch. (Motor: Mannesmann Clash21 ) (ESC: Mtronics sport tuned 20) (8/10)
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Wavemaster 25
    2 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi Rooky, Looks a lot nicer than my original (which was a gift a few weeks ago).I have to clean her up and rewire.
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    πŸ“ RC it ??
    4 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Well worth trying to rc it.
    You could use a drop keel type of removable keel.
    Keep us updated on your ideas and progress.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: my harbour
    4 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Super Fleet, keep building this quality.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Night Watch
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Good night all, keep up the patrols and reports coming in.
    Commander Colin signing off.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Extra channels
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    How is it possible to get the 2 rx's to work from one tx. Please keep your answer simple, as I am a rc novice over 6 channels.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Wiring help needed.
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi Cash.
    I am trying to setup a set of test servos with the rx and an esc and motor before I try fitting it to the boat.
    To prove my wiring is correct first.
    I will post the results at the end of the week.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Kirklees MBC open day 2019
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Doug,
    You could always get an apprentice, or teach the GF.
    Anyway you're never alone on here.
    We all would like to relive our past and possibly even make the same mistakes.
    If it wasn't for a mistake then I would never have met my Caroline.
    One thing I hope I can make the right mistakes so that I can continue to learn.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Kirklees MBC open day 2019
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Doug,
    Open the sunroof and drop a hoist through the gearstick hole.
    That's how Caroline did it in my Shogun whilst I was ill.
    She then rebuilt the main gear box and splitter box, (in the kitchen).
    But alas I don't think I could crawl about under them anymore. So I now supervise Caroline on minor jobs like suspension and brakes, but for heavier work I have to supervise my son, I stick to the easy jobs like welding and minor mods.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Kirklees MBC open day 2019
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    I often think about doing that sort of thing again. I stuck a 2.8 granada engine into a mk1 2 door cortina gt. Went like stink but lousy brakes, had to drop the gears to slow down at motorway speed. Or my Thames 15cwt van. I put a 2557cc zodiac engine and a 4 speed box in, which then I added a set of jaguar brakes from my wrecked mk2. Now that was a fun drive, often got her on 2 wheels, so to keep Caroline happy I layed 2inch thick slabs in the back and covered with carpet. It handled really well then. Kept it for 6 months then my dad offered me his 220d Mercedes in straight swop. He wanted to use it as a mobile workshop for his engineering business. I started to like foreign cars after that.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Kirklees MBC open day 2019
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Just another passion for old cars of my era. The only car I didn't manage to sell for a profit was my 3.8s mk2 jag. I drove it into the ground 473000mls and then I hit a patch of ice and wrote it off, with only 3rd party insurance, but as a teenager that's all I could afford.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Night Watch
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Nerys your patrol reports are marvellous, get a few patrols in and you could write a very informative book.
    BTW I sent you a pm yesterday but no reply as yet.
    Love your harbour, and understand your passion for sailing vessels. I miss my yachting trips from Aberystwyth to the Isle of man to watch the TTs with my dad.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Kirklees MBC open day 2019
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Now that's what I call a car that maroon lagonda is superb. And the 220 diesel Mercedes brings back memories. As a lad I had a few mk1 cortinas and a Pa Cresta. But my favourite car of all time was a 1965 Humber Imperial.. Certainly couldn't afford to run any of them these days.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Wiring help needed.
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Thanks most helpful.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Jaws
    8 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    What's it look like inside.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ What have I got?
    8 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    It looks a bit like the cargo barges from the 1960s on the rhine.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Wiring help needed.
    8 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Thanks Cash.
    I've got the module but no instructions or information, even frsky website can't help. So if you have the info I need I would be very grateful.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Wiring help needed.
    8 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Thanks JB. It's getting clearer now what is possible. Although at 70 re-learning about rc multi channel set ups is a bit daunting. I was lucky enough to have my flying systems set up for me, but that was quite a while ago. In fact I gave up flying as I scrapped near on Β£800 worth of helicopters as my arthritis started to affect my hands, so steady flight wasn't very good and landing almost impossible.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Wiring help needed.
    8 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Thanks Doug,
    It should help no end, is this the same as my FF7super FP-T7UPS.
    And is it also the same as my FP-T7UHP.
    Another minor problem is that the Frsky FF-1COMBO. module also minus instructions. I've been on the Frsky Web site and tried to get the details, but this model keeps coming up not found. And they no longer list modules for the futaba range. Might have to look for a new cheap 7 channel set up.
    99% of my boats only use 2 to 4 channels, so another set of rc gear seems to be the only way forward, I hate wasting money especially as I only get to sail about 4 times a year.
    Cheers Colin. 😭
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    πŸ’¬ Re: 40" Seaplane Tender, new build Z7
    8 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Absolutely super detail, and it looks right which is amazing at this scale.
    Great work, keep up the good work.
    Cheers Colin. πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Wiring help needed.
    8 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Good day Doug and Martin,
    I think I am on the same page as you now, look at my sketch and see what you think.
    Still have a channel free, so might use another rc switch to operate the radar.
    If it is correct I will then ask for help setting up the transmitter. Ah the mistery of radio control systems.
    Cheers Colin
    Ps none of 40 mhz stuff had enough channels. And just found another one of my old flight tx's. See picture.
    Can't find my instructions for any of this lot so sailing in thick fog.

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    πŸ“ Wiring help needed.
    9 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi Doug.
    Here are the items that I have available which could possibly do all the work on my boat.
    If you think it will work I may splash out on a couple of rc controlled switches for the lighting and radar.
    What's the verdict, do you have any comments.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Wiring help needed.
    9 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Thanks Doug,
    I will dig out Futaba radio set an see if I can figure out how to use it for the boat.
    Haven't had it out for a few years now, so I hope it still works.
    I have a new 2.4 module and receiver to match that I was going to sell with the tx, but I think it could be ideal if someone knows how to set it up.
    What do you think about this, could aircraft control be used for a boat.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Wiring help needed.
    9 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Doug, that's a lot to take in at one go.
    Can I run an esc after the UBEC, if so any ideas as to what type, and where from.
    I suppose if it's possible I could try one of my 7 channel Futaba aircraft tx and rx. Systems and use a 2.4ghz module.
    But I would definitely need help setting it up, oh my god what have I done.
    Cheers Colin. πŸ€”

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    πŸ“ Wiring help needed.
    9 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Possible donor forward /reverse switching from the Sea Commander.
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    πŸ“ Sea Commander.
    9 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Thanks guys, but it looks like a new wiring job as some of the wiring has black wires instead of the nice shiny copper it should be, and I think it deserves a better motor, possibly a 600 as I have a few spare, and esc control. Also as it only needs 2 channels I will fit it with a new rx that will work with my tx's. But will stick to my vintage stock so could be 40mhz.
    So this one gets put aside till my old sea commander gets finished.
    But I will box up all the equipment ready to fit.
    Cheers Colin. 🀞

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    πŸ“ Wiring help needed.
    9 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Thanks Doug, I have sketched the layout as best I can.
    Lights and radar will be switched direct to batteries.
    I need 4 channels to operate the esc, rudder, fire hydrant rotation, and fire hydrant vertical movement.
    The pump is switched via micro switches and cam on the rotator so it only works when pointing away from the boat.
    What I need to do is to get the thruster to run in 2 directions???
    The UBEC can give me either 5 or 6 volts output. So I'll need to switch it somehow, as it only needs to run at one speed.
    I only have a 4 channel rc transmitter and receiver spare at present, so I may go with a fixed height on the fire hydrant if i need another servo channel to control the thruster. πŸ€”
    ALL and any help gratefully received.
    Now to go and look at the electrics on the Wavemaster.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Orders from the boss.
    9 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Now that's what I call utilising available space. Very neat Doug. I will have to sort my stuff then I might be able to get a few more models in after lights out without being noticed.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Just another, Smit Nederland Build!
    9 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Looking forward to seeing your build log, super model too.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Orders from the boss.
    9 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    The local council moles never fill in properly afterwards. Usually leave a hump or hollow, never flat. Plus I couldn't afford the Tea bill.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Orders from the boss.
    9 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Good idea Doug, but I think the landlord wouldn't like it as I've already got the largest plot in the community. Did wonder if it was possible to train moles to excavate me a cellar.
    Cheers Colin.
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